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Pocket Clinical Examination

Pocket Clinical Examination is an introduction to history taking and the examination of patients. It has step by step instructions for the junior medical officer working on the ward for the first time. It aims to provide a solid foundation from which students can develop their own systematic approaches. Details of the mechanisms of symptoms and signs, and comprehensive lists of differential diagnosis are not included but may be found in the larger text Clinical Examination. There is a section on writing and presenting the history and physical examination. PCE provides an introduction to physical examination and a place where students can go for revision before examining patients.


Published: August 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-7872-1


  • Foreword



    Chapter 1: Taking the history

    Chapter 2: Advanced history taking

    Chapter 3: Beginning the examination

    Chapter 4: The heart

    Chapter 5: The chest

    Chapter 6: The abdomen

    Chapter 7: The nervous system

    Chapter 8: The eyes, and ears nose and throat

    Chapter 9: The thyroid and endocrine system

    Chapter 10: The breasts

    Chapter 11: The joints

    Chapter 12: The skin

    Chapter 13: Assessment of the geriatric patient

    Chapter 14: The acutely ill patient

    Chapter 15: Examining the systems of the body

    Chapter 16: Writing and presenting the history and
    physical examination


    Final remarks

    Further reading



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